Category: June

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on this day in 1900 in Lyon, France. Miss Cockburn will tell you that he created one of the coolest characters in fiction, The Little Prince, from the book of the same name. He is …

Literary Anniversaries: 29 June Read More »

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Eric Arthur Blair, probably better known to most of you as George Orwell. It’s no exaggeration to say that Orwell’s writing changed my life. Back in 1981, I was given a copy of the …

Literary Anniversaries: 25 June Read More »

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Students usually fall into two groups if I admit to a book moving me to tears – the ‘gigglers’ and the ‘disbelievers’.  Hey, it’s almost a job requirement! Today I want to celebrate the 80th birthday of Richard Bach, who …

Literary Anniversaries: 23 June Read More »

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Ian McEwan is 68 today.  Many happy returns! Best known, perhaps, for Atonement, McEwan seems to be a staple of English Literature courses – by the time I finished my degree I’d studied three of his texts in separate modules. They all shared …

Literary Anniversaries: 21 June Read More »

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